Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well. Red Fury doesn't have a retirement plan, as Vaughn points out - he doesn't care who he has to cross, or kill, to get what he wants. As the violence escalates and the stakes get higher, Strange and Vaughn know the only way to catch their man is to do it their own way.
Rich with details of place and time - the cars, the music, the clothes - and fueled by non-stop action, this is Pelecanos writing in the hard-boiled noir style that won him his earliest fans and placed him firmly in the ranks of the top crime writers in America.
©2012 George P. Pelecanos (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Will read just about anything. Favourites include Tom Robbins, Umberto Eco, Michael Connelly, Chris Brookmyre, Julian Barnes, James Joyce, Tim Butcher, Barbara Kingsolver, Ettienne van Heerden, Deon Meyer and ....
Clever plot, believable characters, well-paced.
Pelecanos tells stories well. He's always worth reading or listening to.
This was a first for me. Don't think it'll be the last.
A man's got to do what a man's got to do..
Another entertaining thriller , with a good balance of action, atmosphere and a fast moving plot. Pelecanos' fans will not be disappointed...
He is the best street crime writer there is. He nails the jargon, the speed, the grit.
Yes. The chase was great. Left me wanting more.
He has a rich voice and handles the rhythm of the cops speech and the street jargon well.
It doesn't need one. The title is the tag line!
I DON''T LISTEN TO THEM IF THEY AREN'T WELL WRITTEN AND WELL READ.
GOOD STORY. GOOD READER
I DON'T KNOW, BUT IT WORKS. (I WOULDN'T HAVE READ THE NOVEL).
JUST HAD A VERY GOOD 'LISTEN' TO A GOOD STORY. THANK YOU
FINALLY A READER I CAN LISTEN TO FOR A PELECANOS. MORE PLEASE!
"Would Have Made A Better Short Story"
Cannot really answer this. I am a huge Pelecanos fan, but this seemed like a short story padded out into a rather weak novel
Going to give fiction a miss for the time being .... now into sports books
Probably .... wasn't the best, but by no means the worst narrator
About 50-60% of the book was superfluous to the story
"Excellent and evocative thriller"
Pelecanos treats all his characters and his readers with respect. If you go on a journey with this book you will feel you understand the people he writes about and the choices they make. And with Pelecanos. ' Tout comprendre, c'est tout pardonner.'
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